5th January 1958
Society (Midland Area)
(Special Last Train from Abergavenny to Merthyr)
|Locos Used||49121 & 58926 (2)|
|Stock used||load 5 (1x ex-GW & 4x ex-LMS)|
|49121||Abergavenny Monmouth Road - Abergavenny Junction|
|58926 + 49121||Abergavenny Junction - Clydach - Brynmawr - Beaufort - Ebbw Vale Jn - Ebbw Vale HL|
|58926 + 49121 (3)||Ebbw Vale HL - Ebbw Vale Jn (4)|
|58926 + 49121||Ebbw Vale Jn - Nantybwch - Rhymney Bridge - (short of) Rhymney|
|58926 + 49121 (3)||(short of) Rhymney - Rhymney Bridge|
|58926 + 49121||Rhymney Bridge - Cwm Bargoed Jn - Dowlais High Street - Cefn Coed - Rhydycar Jn - Merthyr Tydfil|
|58926 + 49121||Merthyr Tydfil - Rhydycar Jn - Cefn Coed - Dowlais High Street - Cwm Bargoed Jn - Rhymney Bridge - Nantybwch - Ebbw Vale Jn - Beaufort - Brynmawr - Clydach - Abergavenny Junction|
|49121||Abergavenny Junction - Abergavenny Monmouth Road|
(1) The last train to cover the Abergavenny Junction to Merthyr line. Passengers from Birmingham travelled in reserved carriages at the front of the 09.35 Birmingham Snow Hill to Cardiff, returning by the 18.35 from Abergavenny Monmouth Road. Both trains were hauled by 7912 'Little Linford Hall'. David Beilby comments: looking at photos of this tour I realise that the two locos carried different headboards. The Coal Tank's one said 'Last Train Abergavenny-Merthyr 5th Jan 1958', whereas that on 49121 said 'Last Train Ebbw Vale and Rhymney Branches 5th Jan 1958'. The coal tank was given a wreath at Rhymney Bridge on the way out and carried it for the rest of the trip.
(2) 58926 was originally uploaded as 58296 in error.
(3) Locos propelling.
(4) Booked reversal point was Beaufort.
Sources : John Clifford, Chris Harley, Alan Ogilvie, Robert Darlaston,
David Beilby, Ian Clark (SLS) & Andrew Fairholm
Passing Clydach station, with a few observers (photo: Robert Darlaston)
58926+49121 at Ebbw Vale HL (LNW) station (photo: Robert Darlaston)
On the LNW & Rhymney Joint Line between Rhymney Bridge and Rhymney
(photo: Robert Darlaston)
Approaching Dowlais High Street (photo: Robert Darlaston)
Unscheduled photo-stop at Dowlais High Street (photo: Robert Darlaston)
From Andrew Fairholm's ticket collection
Timings (Booked Only)
(from Robert Darlaston)
|Abergavenny Monmouth Road||12.30d|
|Abergavenny Junction||12L35 ~ 12L45|
|Brynmawr||13.15 ~ 13.25|
|Ebbw Vale HL||13.35 ~ 13.45|
|Beaufort||13.55 ~ 14.05|
|Rhymney (nearest possible point)||14.25 ~ 14.35|
|Rhymney Bridge||14.45 ~ 14.55|
|Merthr Tydfil||15.45a ~ 16.30d|
|Abergavenny Junction||??.?? ~ ??.??|
|Abergavenny Monmouth Road||17.50a|
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